Director of Student Services (Windsor, CO)

Do you want to grow your career in An American Classical Education, helping students to live responsible, courageous, and virtuous lives?  Ascent Classical Academies is currently hiring Director of Student Services for its Northern Colorado campus in Windsor, Colorado, to begin in the 2023-2024 school year. 

Ascent Classical Academies are dedicated to the intellectual and moral betterment of students and encourage teachers to take their own moral and intellectual improvement seriously as part of a supportive and excellence-driven culture. At Ascent Classical Academy charter schools, well-educated and articulate faculty utilize direct instruction to convey real knowledge to students using traditional teaching methods. Teachers enjoy a wide array of resources as they create their own lessons within the content-rich curriculum to engage students in a positive and virtue-imbued learning experience in the liberal arts. General education grammar school teachers experience the joy of mastering the key elements of their instruction, such as explicit phonics, Singapore math, Core Knowledge history and science, and English grammar with support from peers within the school and other Ascent Classical Academy network schools.

Desired Start Date: July 1, 2023, Full-Time

Compensation Range and Particulars: $55,000 to $65,000, year-round 

Schedule and Classification: Full-Time, Exempt 

Benefits Available:

  • Competitive compensation package including performance pay and stipends available
  • Employee-only coverage for group medical, dental, and vision plan; dependent coverage available
  • Health savings account with employer contributions
  • Short- and long-term disability and life insurance plans
  • Retirement investment account with employer match
  • Paid time off for a wide array of health reasons for employees and dependents, consistent with the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Free employee benefit and healthcare guidance
  • Paid leave for qualifying events under the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Robust teacher training including several weeks of on-site training

About Ascent Classical Academies

Ascent Classical Academies partners with a network of classical charter schools based in Colorado delivering a content-rich curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, with underlying principles in the Western tradition of the study of history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts. Our American Classical Education includes, among other things, the study of Latin; a rich examination of American literary, moral, philosophical, political, and historical tradition; and a school culture centered upon moral virtue, respect, discipline, and studiousness among students and faculty alike. Ascent Classical Academy charter schools currently serve approximately 1,700 students in K-12 campuses located in the Denver and Fort Collins areas of Colorado, with significant expansion planned throughout Colorado, the Carolinas, and beyond.

See Ascent Classical Academy of Northern Colorado and Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County to learn more about our existing schools.


Qualified candidates will demonstrate high moral character and embrace the virtues of a democratic society. They will also foster professional friendships with faculty and staff, seek collaborative relationships with parents, and mentor students in the pursuit of their own flourishing. These positions also require:

  • Oversee the education of students with IEPs, 504 Plans, ELLs, ALPs, READ Plans, or students who are in MTSS consistent with Ascent Classical Academies’ content-rich curriculum
  • Assist and supervise general education teachers to meet individual educational goals for students with IEPs, 504 Plans, ELLs, ALPs, READ Plans or are in MTSS
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal laws pertaining to student services programming
  • Collaborative work with the headmaster to recruit and hire the best student services staff for positions that will meet the individual needs of students 
  • Coordination with outside providers including itinerant services with approval by ACA and the Governing Board, to ensure services align with student needs 
  • Management and monitoring of progress tracking within the school information system and IEP database
  • Supervision of paraprofessionals and student services staff to pursue excellence, the Core Virtues, and professionalism at all times
  • Coordination of intervention support for general education students prior to potential assessment, as needed
  • Management and monitoring of student documentation within the school information system and IEP database
  • Engage in effective communication with parents and teachers 
  • Appropriately facilitate formal student meetings with parents and other attendees
  • Assess and provide research-based intervention to students with a suspected learning disability
  • Work collaboratively to design formal educational plans for students that support academic growth and positive social interactions for learning to promote educational access 
  • Set budget priorities for the Student Services Department and have general knowledge of the Department’s fiscal status
  • Oversee and ensure accurate reporting of students with specialized programming
  • Close coordination with the enrollment coordinator regarding services for incoming students 
  • Educate school faculty and staff regarding student services programming, including by preparing and presenting written and oral information
  • Maintain academic integrity and mission alignment in modifications and accommodations for students in specialized programming 
  • Maintain working knowledge and educate staff as needed regarding IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and ADA (American Disability Act), and other applicable state laws or regulations

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Special Education or Special Services Provider license/endorsement
  • Eligibility to work in the United States
  • After offer is accepted, satisfactory background check as required by state law and Colorado Department of Education
  • Dedication to the value of a rigorous liberal arts education
  • Loyalty to the school and ACA’s mission and vision
  • Commitment to model moral character in line with the school’s core virtues and the pursuit of the Good, True, and Beautiful
  • Adherence to all ACA policies, including but not limited to the Employee Handbook, Family Handbook, and all applicable school and board policies.